Thorp (19-9) won its first State championship with a 47-40 victory over Green Bay N.E.W. Lutheran (27-2) in the Division 5 final Saturday.
The Blazers finish runner-up for the second straight season. They took an 8-2 lead to start the game with Cardinals began the game making just one of their first eight shots, but heated up late in the first quarter to cut the Blazers lead to 10-9 at the end of the period.
The Blazers held the lead throughout the second quarter and led 20-13 at halftime, but the Cardinals scored the first six points of the second half and took their first lead of the game at 29-27 with 43 seconds to play in the quarter.
Thorp surged to a 35-29 lead with lay-ups on back-to-back positions early in the fourth quarter and built their largest lead of the game at that point, 43-36, with a minute to play in the game. The closest the Blazers the remainder of the game was to within three points with 45 seconds to play, but back-to-back lay-ups by Matt McCarter sealed the victory for the Cardinals.
Isaac LeGasse led the Cardinals in score with 20 points. After shooting just 22 percent in the first half, Thorp converted on 68 percent its field goals
Dakota Zinser scored 14 points and Nathan Toenges added 13 for the Blazers. Green Bay N.E.W. Lutheran shot 35 percent for the game and was held without a three-point goal, going 0-12 from beyond the arc.
The Cardinals win the championship in their second State appearance. The Blazers have finished runner-up in three of their four appearances at State.
Dominican (25-3) became just the sixth program to win three consecutive State championships with a 74-50 win over Blair-Taylor (23-4) in the Division 4 final.
The Knights stepped on the accelerator in the third quarter to pull away from the Wildcats. They went on a 17-4 run to open a 22-point lead by the end of the period. In the fourth quarter, the Knights led by as many as 29 points en route to the victory.
Dominican led the entire first half, jumping out to a lead as large as 12 points in the first quarter. Blair-Taylor clawed back to narrow the margin to two at 30-28 with just over two minutes remaining in the second quarter, but the Knights scored the final six points of the half to open a 36-28 halftime advantage.
Diamond Stone had another impressive performance for the Knights, scoring 28 points and grabbing 11 rebounds while swatting away eight Wildcat shots. Jack Jelacic and Tywon Bressler each chipped in with 14 points apiece. Stone scored 58 points with 23 rebounds, 15 blocks and 10 assists in the tournament
The Knights’ defense prevented any sort of offensive rhythm for the Wildcats, who hit on just 27 percent of their field goals in the game. Blair-Taylor was led on offensive by Dalton Soto and Brett Ladsden with 14 points each.
Dominican wins its fifth State championship in its sixth tournament appearance, while the Wildcats finish runner-up in their eighth State experience.
Last year’s runner-up Wisconsin Lutheran (26-2) won its second State championship by rolling to a 61-46 triumph over Rice Lake (23-3) in the Division 2 title game Saturday evening.
The Vikings used pressure defense and an up-tempo pace to build a 28-18 halftime advantage, including an 8-0 advantage points in transition. The presence of Henry Ellenson kept the Warriors within striking distance in the first half with his 13 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots.
Wisconsin Lutheran scored the first eight points out of the locker room to balloon the Vikings’ lead to 36-18 with 5:23 left in the third quarter. The Warriors outscored the Vikings 8-2 to cut the deficit to 12 with 4:15 to play, but that’s the closest the Warriors would get the remainder of the game as the Vikings expanded their lead to as many as 22 in the fourth quarter.
Anthony Carver led a balanced scoring attack with 18 points for the Vikings. Ellenson provided much of the offense for the Warriors with 21 points. He also grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds. For the two-game tournament, he compiled 42 points 34 rebounds and seven blocks.
The Vikings first State title came in 2009. The Warriors finish runner-up in their eighth State appearance.